Lexapro is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression in people older than 12 years as well as generalized anxiety disorder in adults. Lexapro is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Lexapro is also referred to by its drug name, escitalopram oxalate.
Lexapro is a member of a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is a brain chemical that is thought to have a positive influence on mood, emotion, sleep, and pain. Lexapro is believed to work by keeping serotonin available in the brain for longer, which is thought to help relieve chronic pain caused by endometriosis.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Lexapro is taken by mouth once daily.
Lexapro comes in the form of a tablet or oral solution.
The FDA-approved label for Lexapro lists common side effects including insomnia, nausea, sweating, fatigue, sleepiness, decreased libido, and difficulty having an orgasm.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Lexapro include suicidal thoughts, serotonin syndrome (a potentially life-threatening condition in which too much serotonin builds up in the body), seizures, mania, abnormal bleeding, impaired cognitive and motor ability, and glaucoma.
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Lexapro — RxList